Articles in Southern California
Do you remember the excitement of the first day of school? Wearing a new outfit, equipped with new notebooks, pencils, backpack and unlimited possibility! Share that memory by assisting an in-need child get ready for the upcoming school year.
Last week my colleague Kevin White called with an incredible story. He works at The Salvation Army in Orange County, California and was able to witness a small miracle come together. Here’s what he told me.
It’s time to start thinking about what you’re going to wear on Friday, June 6 for National Donut Day. I’d recommend something with an elastic waistband. Just a thought.
Today is opening day for Major League Baseball! I hope you get to take in a game this season and enjoy one of America’s favorite pastimes. Of course, I hope you also enjoy one of America’s other favorite pastimes: giving to your favorite charity, The Salvation Army.
On Saturday, 100 deserving young ladies from San Gabriel Valley, California schools got to “shop” for a prom dress at The Salvation Army worship center on Walnut Street in Pasadena. They got to choose from hundreds of lovely gowns and received $30 gift cards so they could buy shoes or other accessories to complete their prom look.
Mr. James Komatsu had two brushes with The Salvation Army in his life. His mother died during the Great Depression so he went to live in an Army childrens’ home for Japanese-American youth in San Francisco. After he retired he began to search for subsidized senior housing and found our Silvercrest Residence.
The Los Angeles Clippers are making an impact in Los Angeles and not just on the basketball court! They recently spruced up the library / computer room at The Salvation Army’s Westwood Transitional Village with 11 computers, 10 computer chairs, 10 pairs of headphones, 1 printer, 20 mini iPads, 1 Macbook Pro and one iPad cart that will be used to store and charge the Minis.
Saira’s story is not unusual. Fleeing a relationship that left her hurting and infected with HIV, she needed to start over somewhere safe. She came to Los Angeles with her kids and found Alegria. She’s received support from the caring and loving staff in an environment where her diagnosis is well-understood.
Real estate powerhouse CBRE has a sweet program – called Birthday Cakes and More for Homeless Children – as part of its corporate responsibility plan. We’re thrilled that they chose The Salvation Army’s Zahn Memorial Center, the only emergency family shelter in downtown, to launch their Los Angeles effort.
When asked what inspires him to buy bags upon bags of groceries for The Salvation Army’s food pantry in Glendale every month, Paul, a 33-year-old Glendale resident and devout Catholic, quotes Mother Teresa: “You can find Calcutta all over the world, if you have the eyes to see…”
The Salvation Army’s presence in Santa Maria has been growing by leaps and bounds in recent years. During this period of growth, local Salvation Army leaders Lts. Paul and Jennifer Swain managed all of details of their worship and program center from two buildings and a total of about 8,000 square feet. But once summer comes, they’ll have much more space.
My colleague Gail Crandall is very sensitive to the needs of others. And, she’s creative, well-connected and resourceful too. While visiting the Village of Cabrillo, a temporary residential community for homeless veterans in Long Beach, Calif., she got inspiration for a new way to help veterans in need.